Take a break, get inspired, and learn a bit more about Meg Tuite. Here is our twist on an interview.
- A quote that inspires you:
- Your writing process described as a song: Tori Amos – Silent All These Years
- You’re a writer so tell us with your words why you write. But please don’t bore us:
Domestic horror and internal degradation are two areas that have kept me busy for the last ten years. Something moves in from the murkiness of life and I either believe I remember something or something believes it remembers me. Either way, we take each other on and begin with a first paragraph. This is where I lose the messiness and become more rigid with myself and the page. I have a hard time letting the hands move on their own and then adjust accordingly. No. I have a thesaurus in hand and all of my favorite writer’s novels and collections surround me to inspire the musicality of language and prose. I must write with my ear. It needs to be a love affair with my sentences. And so I have at them over and over until we feel we’ve concluded our relationship, and then move on. That’s not to say that I don’t move forward and leave open graves until I can get back to them. I can end up with a minefield. But, it’s a methodical mess that I tiptoe back over until myself and my pen agree that somehow we have something here.
- What is a recent story or poem you’ve had published elsewhere that we should read?
“The White Witch of Ojo” published in Maudlin House Magazine
Meg Tuite is the author of four story collections and five chapbooks. She won the Twin Antlers Poetry award for her poetry collection, Bare Bulbs Swinging. She teaches at Santa Fe Community College, senior editor at Connotation Press, associate editor at Narrative Magazine and fiction editor at Bending Genres. http://megtuite.com
See you next week, with another not-so-typical interview.